Help us support talented UMD Accounting students with their biggest assignment: A University of Minnesota Duluth Degree!
Please consider a donation to the Fawzi G. Dimian Alumni Scholarship Fund on this year’s Give to the Max Day.
A generous donor will MATCH up to $5,000, thus doubling gifts made by midnight Thursday, November 16 2017!
This scholarship was established by alumni to honor Dr. Fawzi Dimian upon his retirement. This scholarship will support an accounting student with an accounting GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students must accept professional responsibilities, possess a strong character and participate in extra-curricular activities.
In 1963, Fawzi Dimian left his home in Egypt with a trunk full of belongings and the ambition to earn a doctorate in accounting. Dimian and his wife, Ivonne, earned postgraduate degrees at the University of Washington and decided to make the United States their home.
Dimian's academic career included 20 years at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he taught accounting until 1994. This scholarship and a study room at UMD now carry his name.
After he died in December of 2015, at age 85, friends and family members recalled Dimian's devotion to teaching, his passion for fishing and his love for his adopted country.
After he arrived in Duluth around 1975, the family regularly hosted parties in their home for colleagues, friends, neighbors and students. Ivonne's cooking was a lure."Hospitality was the name of the game," recalled Larry Syck, a retired professor of accounting at UMD. "He was the kind of guy that all the students warmed up to. He treated them as friends, and held them up to high standards."
Tom LeNeau of St. Cloud credits Dimian with guiding many of his early career decisions. LeNeau was studying accounting as a night student at UMD, but Dimian encouraged him to take classes full time during the day. The professor also pushed LeNeau to take the CPA exam promptly, and to shoot for a job with a major accounting firm. "He was encouraging, but not coddling," LeNeau said. "I think when he saw potential in people, he really worked to try and help them see the potential in themselves."
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